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Imagine U productions are geared toward children and their families. Performances often include an opportunity for children to interact afterwards with the cast and receive colorful take-home programs filled with activities, art projects, fun facts and games! Past productions have included THE HUNDRED DRESSES, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Chicago premiere), A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE RELUCTANT DRAGON, and many more!

Imagine U Storytime

Wirtz Center’s ‘Imagine U Storytime’ Episodes Continue in 2021

Northwestern theater students, faculty and alumni share weekly stories for young audiences online.

The weekly video series appears on the Wirtz Center YouTube channel. New videos, each lasting 15 minutes, are posted at 6 p.m. on Sundays, and remain online for streaming.“Imagine U Storytime” began in April of 2020 as a way to connect community members through the arts during the global pandemic.

According to Rives Collins, department chair of theatre at Northwestern’s School of Communication, the series aims to provide engaging content for families to enjoy together at home, as well as highlight the talented students in the theatre for young audiences training program.

“It has been remarkable to see what our students have created to delight young audiences,” said Lynn Kelso, Imagine U founder and creative mentor. “We are very excited to return to continue to share these artistic gifts with our families in these challenging times.”

Upcoming “Imagine U Storytime” programs include:  

“Let’s Imagine with Harold and the Purple Crayon!”Sunday, April 18, 6 p.m. CDT


Harold is a curious young boy who creates a world of his own using his two best tools: a purple crayon and his imagination. Join Matthew McGrory (‘24) in traveling with Harold throughout his day, all while learning how to activate your creativity and problem solve. Come with a piece of paper and your favorite colorful writing tool.


“The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy” 

Sunday, April 25, 6 p.m. CDT


Ever wondered what it was like to be the tooth fairy? Come hear Ilana Abusch (‘22) perform the classic story “The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy” and learn how to go on tooth missions like a tooth fairy.


“Imagine U Storytime” is inspired by the popular Imagine U performance series geared toward families with young children. The frequently sold-out productions take well-known children’s classics and adapt them for the stage. The program includes an opportunity to meet the cast, participate in workshops, and receive a take-home program with activities related to the production themes.

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* Photo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2014) Justin Barbin Photography